Small trees can pack a big punch into your landscape. Here are some of favorite small trees for landscaping that can inspire you.
Gallery of Small Trees for Landscaping
Add spring flair to your landscape with crabapples. There’s a wonderful array available that bears flowers in shades of white, pink, and red; has weeping, rounded, or columnar habits; and produces orange, gold, red, or burgundy fruits. Many varieties offer exceptional fall color and great disease resistance as well. Its name is Malus selections. The size is from 6 to 30 feet tall and wide, depending on variety. The perfect zone is 3 -8. Its standout varieties are ‘Prairifire’ has dark pink flowers, reddish-purple foliage, and great disease resistance; ‘Centurion’ has rose-pink flowers, an upright shape, and great disease resistance.
Valued for its outstanding display of pink or white flowers in spring, redbud is an easy-to-grow small tree with delightful heart-shape leaves that turn golden-yellow in fall. It thrives in sun or partial shade and is native to areas of North America. Its name is Cercis Canadensis. Its size reaches to 30 feet tall and wide. The perfect zones are 5-9. Its standout varieties are ‘Forest Pansy’ has purple foliage that fades to dark green in late summer; ‘Silver Cloud’ has white-splashed leaves; ‘Royal White’ has pure-white flowers.
A Southern-garden gem, crape myrtle offers big clusters of frilly flowers in shades of pink, red, lavender, or white in summer and fall. Many varieties show off beautiful red, yellow, or orange foliage in autumn, as well as interesting patches of green or silver under their peeling cinnamon-color bark. Lagerstroemia selections are its Latin name. Its size are from 6 to 25 feet tall and wide, depending on variety. The perfect zones for the tree are 7-9. Standout varieties of the tree are ‘Arapaho’ has red blooms and purple-tinged foliage and good disease resistance; ‘Catawba’ has purple flowers, brilliant fall color, and good disease resistance.
One of the most beautiful North American native trees, flowering dogwood bears pink or white springtime flowers, bright red fruits in late summer, and outstanding purple-red fall foliage. An understory tree, it does well in partial shade. It is popular with Latin name of Cornus florida selections. The size is from 10 to 25 feet tall and wide, depending on variety. It can grow well in zones of 5-8. Standout varieties of the tree are ‘Cherokee Sunset’ has rich pink blooms and variegated foliage; ‘Cloud Nine’ is a floriferous variety with extra-large blooms.
Count on kousa dogwood to put on a terrific spring show with its attractive pink or white blooms. And this tree keeps performing once spring ends; it bears red fruits in late summer and wonderful reddish-purple autumn foliage. It’s typically more disease-resistant than its North American cousin, flowering dogwood. It has Latin name; Cornus kousa selections, with size from 10 to 25 feet tall and wide, depending on variety. Zones 5-8 are the perfect places for growing the tree. Standout varieties of the tree are ‘Milky Way’ has more flowers than most; ‘Satomi’ has pink flowers.
Saucer magnolia offers some of the most beautiful flowers of any tree. Its large blooms appear in shades of white, pink, and purple in mid- to late spring. Do some research before buying a magnolia, or in Latin you can call it as Magnolia X Soulangeana, to make sure you have the best selection for your climate. Some types, while hardy, suffer flower damage from late frosts. The size of the tree can reach to 20 feet tall and wide. The perfect zones for the plant are 5-9.
The best small trees look good when not pruned and allowed to grow to mature size naturally without pruning. Pick small trees that grow into the space and do not need much pruning to control their growth. The best small trees for landscaping are considered as easy care and come in a variety of types.